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Displaying items by tag: NearEarth Object

Astronomers have shown keen interest in an object that will fly past Earth on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. What has peaked their interest are the facts that it has an orbit of exactly one year and astronomers are not really sure what it is.

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Monday, 26 October 2009 18:56

Meteor hits above Indonesia

On October 8, 2009, a bright explosion was heard and felt in the morning sky above Indonesia. Without much news coverage over the following three weeks, a scientific report has just now been released that analyzes what happened. So, what happened?

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Thursday, 08 October 2009 19:59

Asteroid Apophis less likely to collide with Earth

NASA astronomers have revised their estimates as to the likelihood that near-Earth asteroid 99942 Apophis will impact Earth in the year 2036. The chance for a collision has gone from 1-in-45,000 (0.0022%) to 1-in-250,000 (0.0004%). Whew! I feel better!

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Wednesday, 29 April 2009 23:50

Australian student Mick Todd finds new asteroid

Mick Todd, a student at Curtin University of Technology, discovers new asteroid (“Asteroid 2009 FH19”) while searching for potentially dangerous near-Earth objects using the University of Western Australia’s Zadko Telescope.

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Astronomers discovered asteroid 2008 BT18 earlier in 2008, thought it was a giant rock hurling through space near Earth, but now have found out that it is, actually, two asteroids--what astronomers call a binary asteroid.

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Backyard astronomers will get a chance to see a close-approach of an asteroid to Earth on January 29-30, 2008.            
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